Release Date: June 4th, 2015
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.
When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.
As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.
The first book in an incredible new series set in a fantastical medieval world.
WITCH HUNTER was a highly entertaining read that kept my attention from the first few chapters. There was plenty of action, interesting plot, good characters, cute romance, and not much that I can complain about.
It took me two weeks to read WITCH HUNTER because of bloody study getting in my way. Unlike other books, this lack of time to read didn’t affect my reading experience. It was very easy to get back into the book every time I read in a study break. They were often meant to be ten minute study breaks but turned into twenty minute breaks because I “accidentally” tapped to the next chapter on my kindle.
The writing and pacing of the book were the main reasons I found it so easy to read. WITH HUNTER is written in first person present tense, which has always kept my eyes flowing. Plus the action and plot development rarely slows down. The characters are always going somewhere and doing something and there were even a few little twists I wasn’t expecting! The only thing that may have slowed me down a little was a formatting issue that’s not a fault of the book itself (for some reason, my Netgalley ARCs like to make some letters disappear so I have to guess what the word is. It’s happened with more than one book from there -__- )
World building wise, Boecker did a really good job I believe. I don’t normally consciously look for world building, but I take the fact that I’m not confused about anything as a sign it was done well. There was no obvious info dumping and things were always explained or shown just enough at the right points in the story.
Another aspect of WITCH HUNTER I really enjoyed was the characters themselves. Highly entertaining people they were, and all so interesting or more unique. They made me laugh a lot, especially George. I also enjoyed reading about every single one even the villain(s). Not one person got on my nerves and they all underwent some form of growth, which is something I always appreciate.
WITCH HUNTER does contain a bit of romance as a side plot. It’s slow burn and wasn’t a big part of the plot (though it was part of some character development). I’m sort of surprised by how much I actually ship the main couple. They’re so awkward with each other, it lead to a lot of second hand embarassment. Have to be honest though, it was a bit adorable.
WITCH HUNTER is a book I’d recommend to people looking for a fast paced, action packed fantasy. The magic was cool, the characters fun, and the plot entertaining. The story made for a book that was very hard to put down. I’m very much looking forward to where things go in the sequel.